If you were worried Cloud Nothings’ second full-length album Attack on Memory was going to be totally brutal thanks to brash kiss-off first single “No Future / No Past,” take a deep breath and listen to “Stay Useless.”
This one’s a little closer to the Cloud Nothings you know and love: catchy and poppy, all impressively melodic stop-start guitar interplay and the customary meditations on being a teenage fuck-up from frontman / mastermind Dylan Baldi. While the production quality here is way better than you’re used to from the band (thanks to the work of Steve Albini), it just draws more attention to Baldi’s deft guitar work and skilled songcraft. We can’t wait to hear the rest of the record. Check it out.